SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City


SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City

Human Capacity Building

Sendai Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction, ‘Shelters for Everyone’

Disaster prevention workshopDisaster prevention workshop

The various problems women faced in evacuation centers at the time of the disaster were often due to the fact that there were only a small number of women participating in the decision making process with regard to the operation of evacuation centers. Thus, in collaboration with residents, the Sendai Gender Equal Opportunity Foundation created a workshop program called “Shelters for Everyone” that employs the female viewpoint in the operations of evacuation centers. This program has been implemented at civic centers and adult education classes so that various persons, especially women, can take part in local disaster prevention activities on a routine basis.

In the program, participants discuss solutions using actual problems that occurred in the evacuation centers. They realize that others have viewpoints and thoughts that would not occur to them. As a result, they will realize that solutions that suit everybody can be produced by sharing each other’s knowledge.


InquiriesGender Equal Opportunity Section,
Community Affairs Bureau

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